The Brain from Planet Arous

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The Brain From Planet Arous, directed by Nathan Juran (working as Nathan Hertz because it was a quick, non-union shoot), wasn't taken too seriously at the time of its release and isn't highly regarded today outside the ranks of fans of science fiction B-movies, despite several genuinely eerie touches and a script that anticipates the plot of Jack Sholder's The Hidden by more than 30 years. A pair of scientists (John Agar, Robert Fuller) investigate a radiation source on the desert, only to discover that the ...
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Overview

The Brain From Planet Arous, directed by Nathan Juran (working as Nathan Hertz because it was a quick, non-union shoot), wasn't taken too seriously at the time of its release and isn't highly regarded today outside the ranks of fans of science fiction B-movies, despite several genuinely eerie touches and a script that anticipates the plot of Jack Sholder's The Hidden by more than 30 years. A pair of scientists (John Agar, Robert Fuller) investigate a radiation source on the desert, only to discover that the source is a disembodied alien brain, who kills one of them and inhabits the body of the other (Agar); he becomes a vehicle for the invader's plans of conquest, but unknown to him, another alien brain has arrived on Earth and is pursuing him, awaiting the chance to kill the first alien, if he can be caught outside of the host-body. As in The Hidden, a pet dog belonging to one character plays an important part in hiding one of the aliens. As low-budget science-fiction goes, this is a nicely put together movie, with enough disquieting scenes to overcome the obvious use of model planes and stock military footage of nuclear explosions. The cavern sequence, in which the two scientists hunt for the source of the radiation, is downright eerie, and the close-ups of Agar's face (complete with black contact lenses) as his possessed body exults in the alien's destructive power, offer some pleasing low-rent chills. One particular shot, of Agar's face enlarged and distorted through a water-cooler bottle, is not only very effective but echoes one of the better scenes in Juran's other sci-fi thriller of that year, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. The new transfer for the DVD is about the best edition of this film seen in more than 40 years, which doesn't mean it's great, merely good. There's only a finite amount that even the best transfer can do with a movie shot on this low a budget, and it seems doubtful, given the very slight softness of the transfer in the first half of the film, that the makers had access to first-generation "original source materials," as they seem to claim. Image Entertainment has respected the movie enough to break it into 16 chapters, which is sufficient for a 71-minute feature. The sound is very crisp and clean, which enhances the value of the musical accompaniment to several of the eerier scenes. The menu opens automatically on start-up of the disc, and it offers the unedited main-title theme music as accompaniment. The original trailer, which looks far softer than the movie, is included as the only bonus feature.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • UPC: 014381869422
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,690

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Agar Steve March
Joyce Meadows Sally Fallon
Robert Fuller Dan Murphy
Henry Travis Col. Grogley
Ken Terrell Colonel in Conference Room
Tim Graham Sheriff Wiley Pane
E. Leslie Thomas Gen. Brown
Bill Giorgio Russian
Morris Ankrum
Tom Browne Henry John Fallon
Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Ray Buffum Screenwriter
Walter Greene Score Composer
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer, Producer
Philip Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Irving M. Schoenberg Editor
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Scene Index

Select The Chapter
0. Select The Chapter
1. Main Title; Radioactivity? [3:33]
2. A Goin' Away Party [2:05]
3. Mystery Mountain [6:53]
4. The Brain from Planet Arous [1:04]
5. "The Prodigal Returns." [4:12]
6. "I am Gor." [6:06]
7. Looking for Answers [4:55]
8. "My Name is Vol." [1:19]
9. Planning a Surprise [3:44]
10. Three on a Date [11:22]
11. Above the Law [2:47]
12. "We Have Been Invaded." [6:18]
13. Brain Power at Indian Springs [6:39]
14. Meeting with a Monster [5:16]
15. Gor's Achilles Heel [1:26]
16. Brain Dead [3:13]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Brain from Planet Arous

    They don't get cheesier than this. That is why it is a must see. It is the story of an criminal, alien brain that comes to take over the earth.Of course, he has super powers. It has been chased here by another brain. The special effects are nothing special. I don't want to give away any of the movie so buy it and watch it for yourself. If you are in to 50's ScFi this is an essential purchase for your collection.

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